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Sam Cafe

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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
11:00 - 21:00
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Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in for dinner this past weekend (25th time or more!!) and had our favorites.. For me, it's Pad Thai with a 6 heat level and my lady likes the Pad Sieu. Excellent food at a family friendly budget!

Thank John L
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the worst restaurant I've visited in a long long long time. The place is filthy. The glassware above the bar have a layer of slimy dust on them. The bathroom looks like a gas stations. I should have walked out. Instead I ordered. My water glass smelled like fish. The shrimp on my plate WERE NOT DEVAINED! Who... More 

Thank JapStickyRice
Madera, California
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We love Sams food and his engaging personality. His food is so fresh and tasty we try and eat here every time we are in town. From his pad Thai to his curries you cannot help but love the flavors and he will give you the heat level you crave.

Thank Michael R
Turlock, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

First of all, Sam, himself is amazing and never forgets a face. As for the eats? Delectable Thai food with enough kick to make your nose run and your heart swell with delight. I always stick with a classic Chicken Pad Thai and a side of their sticky rice. My only complaint is that their portions are smaller than I... More 

Thank April L
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Sam always prepares our food, including all my special requests, to perfection. Best Thai food in our area. Very clean and Sam is always so friendly.

Thank alacattle
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Dropped by for dinner on the first day in Merced and ended up coming back for a meal here everyday for the next 3 days! Sam's a friendly guy and makes you feel welcomed. The food is good and you are asked to choose the level of spiciness from 1 to 10. Tried different items each day and they were... More 

Thank RichardsRN
Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

My lady and I have been to Sam's probably 20 times so that should tell you about the quality. The combination Pad Thai is my regular dish and she likes the Pad Seew. We've always had great meals there and will be coming back in the near future

Thank John L
Merced, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

When you walk in the owner is there and greets you with a warm smile and hug. He personally makes sure that what you order is correct, and if you want something special he will make it. The food is fresh and wonderful as is the service. Some times we will go in and tell Sam, surprise us with something... More 

Thank Amedee C
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Although it's not in the best part of town, this is a great restaurant and I've never had any problems with my vehicle or any of the local neighbors. A great feeling inside with quick service and very good food. It's worth driving a little further to go there.

Thank Jarsteve
Merced, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

The food a majority of the time is exceptional and full of flavor, however there are some days when the chefs forget to put the toppings (the lime, peanuts, fresh spring onions) and sometimes they lightly sprinkle vegetables on the vegetabke pad thai. It is an easy fix, but still annoying when you have to send your food back. I... More 

Thank DaminiH

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-5350

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?